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Weather officials say Pennsylvania has already recorded the average number of tornados for a year even before the summer period in which severe weather is most common.
EXCHANGE-CHURCH ABUSE-SHAKEN FAITH
SHARON _ A faith that is shaken, but not lost. Deep disappointment, but hope for the future. An overwhelming feeling that there is a lesson to be learned and a stronger church if it is taken to heart. In the wake of the October grand jury report chronicling hundreds of cases of sexual abuse by priests around Pennsylvania, as well as testimonies of victims who say their lives have been turned upside down because of the church’s inaction, Catholics are struggling to deal with the news and the future. Jill Stanek’s parents taught her to respect and to revere the clergy and the church. Now, the Sharon mother of five is teaching her children differently. Stanek and others associated with the Catholic Church in the Shenango Valley and Lawrence County came together to talk about those questions – what to think about the scandals, what to believe about their faith and church and what to do next. But in the end, the crimes that put a stain on that church will not erase the faith that built it and those who serve it with honor, they said. Melissa Klaric, The (Sharon) Herald.
EXCHANGE-ANCIENT SHARK TEETH
ERIE _ Bill Eberlein, a 1983 graduate of Erie Tech Memorial High School, learned to dive in the murky waters of Lake Erie, honing his skills with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Scuba Team. Maybe that’s why the the 54-year-old Erie native is so comfortable most mornings when he plunges 40 or 50 feet into the dark waters of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway, near his home in Richmond Hill, Georgia, and proceeds to feel his way along the soft bottom of the river. It’s there that Eberlein, wearing lightweight gloves, starts digging for treasure. He’s not hunting for gold or even the lost remains of a shipwreck. Instead, Eberlein, who studied accounting and economics at Penn State Behrend, is feeling through the soft mud for the remains of what might have been the largest, fiercest creature ever to swim. Eberlein searches the bottom of the Intercoastal and other waterways, four or fives times a week, for the fossilized teeth of the Megalodon, a giant shark — many times the size of a great white shark — that’s been extinct for more than 2½ million years. Jim Martin, Erie Times-News.
PROSTITUTION STINGS-POLICE TACTICS
YORK _ Inside the bedroom, Heather Strausbaugh sat talking with her client — the conversation ranged from nightlife and bars to their families. The man seemed nervous. But, eventually, he took off his clothes and laid beside her on the bed. That’s when she began to massage his leg and touch his genitals. Minutes later, police officers barged through the front door. He was an undercover police officer and Strausbaugh was under arrest. Strausbaugh argued that there was never an exchange of money for sex. But a jury found that what had been happening was clearly prostitution. So if that was true, she wondered in a recent interview, shouldn’t law enforcement have had their case before the police officer took off his clothes, before she undressed and climbed into bed with him, before she started touching his leg and long before she began touching his genitals? A York Daily Record/Sunday News investigation into undercover prostitution stings in south-central Pennsylvania has found several recent cases that raise questions about whether police officers needed to go as far as they did to make an arrest and successfully prove the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Dylan Segelbaum and Sam Ruland, York Daily Record.
EXCHANGE-UNIVERSITY BEER CLASS
GLENSIDE _ It wasn’t long into a Saturday brew day at Hatboro’s Crooked Eye Brewery before Steve Capobianco thought to do a safety check on his assistants. “No one fell in?” the brewer asked, referring to the grain mill, a tool used to pulverize malt in one of the first steps of the brewing process. “Everyone’s good?” They were. But it was a valid question, considering Capobianco was working with a class from Arcadia University. The students descended on the brewery last month to make their very first beer — a 100-gallon learning experience dubbed 1853 Ale, after the year of Arcadia’s founding. The brew comes from assistant professor of criminal justice Favian Guertin-Martín’s “Untapped: Exploring the Socio and Cultural World of Beer” class, which launched last year with a similar brew day that yielded a red ale. Nick Vadala, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
HARVEYS LAKE _ Karen Rader has always loved alpacas and after visiting Falls Edge Farm in Benton, she decided to start an alpaca farm. She began Pine Valley Alpacas farm in Lake Twp. with her husband, Dan, in 2015 with six alpacas. They now have 17 alpacas and they bought some from Falls Edge Farm. Recently, Georgia resident Kyle O’Rourke came to their farm with his partner, Adam Stain, to shear their 17 alpacas along with three alpacas owned by Rader’s protege Kelly Fleming of Factoryville. The alpacas are sheared once a year. After each one was sheared, Rader quickly gathered the luxurious fiber, which she said she uses to make things like yarn, dryer balls, felted soap and nesting balls. People also like to use alpaca fiber to stuff pillows, she said. Denise Allabaugh, The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice.
GREAT LAKES-COLD TEMPERATURES _ It’s certainly more chills than thrills in the Great Lakes as the summer season unofficially kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend.
PITTSBURGH _ The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates continue a three-game series at PNC Park. Joe Musgrove (3-4) starts for Pittsburgh against Hyun Jin-Ryu (6-2). UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. EDT.
MILWAUKEE _ Philadelphia sends Jake Arrieta to the mound against Milwaukee’s Jhoulys Chacin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 4:10 p.m.
SOC--PORTLAND TIMBERS-PHILADELPHIA UNION
PHILADELPHIA _ The Portland Timbers play at the Philadelphia Union.
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